Rob Ganley is the Editor in Chief of Camping & Caravanning, the monthly magazine, and takes a look at the merits of trailer tenting, including the chance to win one

03 July 2019

Trailer tents are a great solution for outdoor enthusiasts who want to get started in camping and caravanning but don’t have a large tow car.

They’ll fit into car-sized garages so they’re easier to store than regular caravans, and on the road their low height and size means they’ll have little impact on your tow car’s fuel economy and be less fidgety on tow in crosswinds.

They’re easy to set up on site too, and for many people they’re the perfect stepping stone from regular tent camping to owning a first leisure vehicle, and all the additional comfort that brings.

They offer proper beds, and in all of them at least some occupants can sleep off the ground on comfy mattresses. Most of the walls are made of canvas or other tent fabric, which folds out from the trailer, and most need pegging out, while others can be unfolded and used without any pegging at all. Awnings and sun awnings are often added to double the living space.

Some trailer tents come with a kitchen as standard, while others offer it as an extra. These kitchen units can be carried at the front or back of the unit, or even inside the trailer, and the kitchen often contains storage for gas cylinders.

The Camping and Caravanning Club recently reviewed a Cabanon Mercury Trailer tent and we were so impressed we joined forces to give one away, along with a range of essential camping accessories, to one lucky prize winner – a prize package worth more than £10,000.

The options that come with the Cabanon Mercury trailer tent prize include a kitchen unit, large and small additional sun canopies, wind break, mesh panel, carry rack, fridge box and under-bed tents.

If you’re looking for a long-lasting practical trailer for four – or perhaps even eight – you’ll struggle to find anything better.

To take part in our competition, enter at the Camping and Caravanning Club’s website HERE

Be sure to check out our video review of the Cabanon Mercury trailer tent. Let us know in the YouTube comments section what you think. WATCH VIDEO HERE

And for more advice on getting started in camping with your first trailer tent, visit the Club’s advice pages HERE

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